Wisdom of Solomon

I have been sitting here lamenting the passing of Canada’s new Bill C-51 and pondering on how such a set of laws (or lack thereof) could be foisted upon a population that has been protesting against it for months, if not years. All of Canada has been witness to the horrible consequences of our southerly neighbours’ use of a nebulous threat (terror) to shred their bill of rights, their Constitution. We have all watched the darkness of Homeland Security, TSA and the NSA spread to every home in ever more insidious forms, so how is it that as witnesses to this draconian scenario we can implement it our own land?

Last week I, like all other Canadians were protected in our opinions, thoughts and beliefs by the Canadian Bill of Rights; this week I can be held in detention indefinitely under only the suspicion of instigating anarchy with my words. Last week I was not afraid to express my anger and frustration at the overwhelming control that the moneyed and powerful have over each and every one of us but this week my words are metaphorical. So here goes…


Looking out upon the world today, as though perched upon the highest mountain peak and possessing the eyes of the Eagle, I perceive a darkness growing across the curve of this Earth. Yet it is more than just the absence of light upon the land that draws my attention like an approaching predator, there is a feeling emanating from within those darkening enclaves of man, and it has the feel of evil.

No, Solomon didn’t say those words, I did. However there are those in his time who could see a similar darkness forming around them, emanating from the highest levels of their society. I bring Solomon into this because his tale can be used today in describing what darkness can manifest from a man of wealth and power, and because today there are many around the world who fit this description and who cast forth darkness before them. That very storm I look upon now.

These words have fallen from the lips of the rich and powerful since the beginning of history:

“Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth.

Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no flower of spring pass us by.

Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.

Let none of us fail to share in our revelry; everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment, because this is our portion, and this our lot.

Let us oppress the righteous poor man; let us not spare the widow or regard the gray hairs of the aged.

But let our might be our law of right, for what is weak proves itself to be useless.

Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training.

He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord.

He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange.

We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father.

Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.

Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance.

Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected.”

 

 From those words is formed a picture of a society split apart by avarice, greed and entitlement, a society from which the light is fading into darkness. It is today a familiar picture.

Would that I had the power to drive back the darkness and with that light, illuminate the truth. Perhaps it is the job of everyman to recognize that picture and push back against the smothering darkness which stealthily rises from places unsought. Let me use the words spoken long ago in response to another time of growing darkness; words spoken by someone who could see through the darkness and discern the need for wisdom…

“Listen therefore, O kings, and understand; learn, O judges of the ends of the earth.

Give ear, you that rule over multitudes, and boast of many nations.  For your dominion was given you from the Lord, and your sovereignty from the Most High; he will search out your works and inquire into your plans.

Because as servants of his kingdom you did not rule rightly, or keep the law, or walk according to the purpose of God, he will come upon you terribly and swiftly, because severe judgment falls on those in high places.

For the lowliest may be pardoned in mercy, but the mighty will be mightily tested.

For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of anyone, or show deference to greatness; because he himself made both small and great, and he takes thought for all alike.  But a strict inquiry is in store for the mighty.

To you then, O monarchs, my words are directed, so that you may learn wisdom and not transgress. For they will be made holy who observe holy things in holiness, and those who have been taught them will find a defence.

Therefore set your desire on my words; long for them, and you will be instructed.

Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.

She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.

One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate.

To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, and immortality brings one near to God; so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.

Therefore if you delight in thrones and scepters, O monarchs over the peoples, honor wisdom, so that you may reign forever.

I will tell you what wisdom is and how she came to be, and I will hide no secrets from you, but I will trace her course from the beginning of creation, and make knowledge of her clear, and I will not pass by the truth; nor will I travel in the company of sickly envy, for envy does not associate with wisdom.

The multitude of the wise is the salvation of the world, and a sensible king is the stability of any people. Therefore be instructed by my words, and you will profit.”

 

Please forgive my use of Solomon and his world but it is a window into our own world today.  You don’t have to be religious to see what is going on around you nor do you have to believe in God to feel some connection to the words written above.

Freedom is dead. Long Live Freedom

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Modern History – A Work In Progress Part 1

There is a play coming together on the world stage to which no one has a program, except the cast.  It is a mystery, a horror and a thriller all in one. It is being performed behind the elaborately constructed properties and scenes of an as yet unknown screen writer, and it stretches from Islamabad, through Riyadh and Tel Aviv, down to Tehran and across the ocean to Washington, with cameo appearances by London, Paris, Ankara and Moscow, to name a few.

This story is part of a larger tale and it has many threads; some beginning long before the present, some apparent and some not so.  Yet as the story unfolds and the threads combine, a single protagonist begins to emerge, its identity slowly becoming evident.


It is 1969 and Pakistan, torn by civil unrest and a war with India over Kashmir has received aid from London in developing a nuclear fuel re-processor, capable of producing weapons grade plutonium from its Canadian reactor, constructed between 1966 and 1972 (begun with equipment, money and technology donated by Washington in 1955). By 1971 Pakistan is alienated by many of the world powers, having lost her battle with India and the newly split country of Bangladesh and now Islamabad is fretting over India’s rapidly growing nuclear program, which tested its first weapon in 1974.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan then spends the next seventeen years upgrading its ‘peaceful’ civilian nuclear power program, secretly carving out underground facilities and developing a nuclear weapons program with funds and technical assistance from oil-rich Arab states, notably Saudi Arabia and possibly China. Then, in 1998, after India had again conducted a nuclear test, all of the hard work and dollars spent by Pakistan were revealed to the world when she conducted six underground weapons tests, the sixth being that of a plutonium bomb. In return for this assistance, Saudi Arabia was to receive nuclear weapons from Pakistan in the event that Riyadh felt threatened by regional enemies.

It is 1979 and Tehran is embroiled in revolution against western colonialism and control over their resources and finances by the ‘puppet’ Pahlavi Dynasty, placed on the throne of Persia by London, Washington and the Seven Sisters during the 19Th and early 20Th centuries. As the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to power, Washington whisked the fallen Shah out of Iran, much to the dismay and anger of Tehran who wanted the Shah on trial in their own courts. In response Tehran captured 52 American diplomats, holding them as collateral for 444-days and causing Washington to freeze 12-Billion dollars in Iranian assets, gold, currency and property. There is also great speculation that during this political unrest, Bagdad, under the direction of and with the assistance of western powers and their proxy armies attacked Iran the following year, starting the Iran-Iraq war which raged between September 1980 and August of 1988. Despite increased sanctions imposed by Washington in 1981 in an effort to aid Iraq, Tehran easily repelled the surprise attack and by 1982, with the help of Damascus and many smaller Islamic forces had turned the tables on Saddam Hussein, not only retaking lost territory but advancing into Iraq using weapons and technology supplied to the deposed Shah of Iran by Washington only a few years before.

One must look backwards in time to discern the causes of our current events and one such historical point of interest is 1930’s Riyadh where King Ibn Saud and his Wahhabi band of Islam warriors have been isolated (again) from all other Arab states except Egypt, surviving with the assistance of London, Paris and their allies. For more than twenty years Ibn Saud has been walking a fine line of hypocrisy; promising London his undying loyalty and begging their assistance in overcoming the Hashemite states (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, etc.) and the non-aligned Bedouins to whom he has been feigning affection. This is not a new tactic for the al Saud and it was just this kind of two-sided relationship with the Ottoman Empire less than 100-years before which paved the way for Abdul Aziz al Saud to build the family reputation and finances after his triumphant return to the area around Riyadh in 1902 from exile in Kuwait; an exile brought about by the Ottomans who had tired of his double dealing in 1891.

Not one to miss an opportunity, by the onset of World War1 he was already receiving military and financial aid from London and Paris who were themselves funding proxy wars against the Ottomans, supporting not only al Saud but also his long time enemy, al Rashid. Yet unlike Ibn Saud, al Rashid had big plans to create a Pan-Arabian nation once the Ottomans were out of the picture and this did not fit into the plans of London or her allies.

By the outbreak of WW2, Ibn Saud had made it clear to the British that independent Hashemite states threatened his security more than any other matter relevant to Arab policy, including the Palestinian question. As British diplomat G.W. Rendel wrote of him at this time;

“As a Moslem and an Arab, his sympathies naturally lay with the Arabs of Palestine. He has suppressed these feelings out of sympathy to his Majesty’s Government and he could always suppress his feelings in the interest of policy…but he stood alone, and he had to think of his position in a world where many of his co-religionists would not even admit that he was a Moslem.”

As the British Mandate in Palestine was coming to an end and plans to import thousands of Jews from around the world into Palestine were being played out, it was Ibn Saud who promised London that he would keep the Palestinians from revolting against what was to come. Yet as he was writing of his fealty to the west, his desires to maintain a strong, Arabic position in front of the other Arabic states, friend and foe alike, lead him to feign support for the Palestinians and protest of the Jewish settlement plans; plans fulfilled without his involvement as Palestine was lost to Israel during al-Nakba in 1949.

By the end of the Arab-Israeli war, Ibn Saud’s lack of participation was not lost on those Arab states which had sacrificed and lost to Israel and his attempts to publicize his support of the Palestinian cause were wearing thin. Although today’s Saudi history books declare their great political and material support to Palestine, the truth is that only a handful of poorly equipped, ill-trained troops, mostly volunteers, were sent by Ibn Saud to Egypt not in an effort to hold off Israel but to prevent other Arab tribes from gaining Saudi territory during the unrest of the Arab Israeli war. Apparently through his almost fanatical fear of other Arab states gaining power over him, Ibn Saud had let his reliance on British and recent American oil money turn him into a quasi-ally of Israel. However, as this history unfolds it becomes evident that the Israeli/Saudi alliance goes much further back than the last couple of generations…stay tuned for the next installment of Modern History – A Work In Progress

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._sanctions_against_Iran

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-12-13/us-cites-companies-for-breaking-iran-sanctions/1233970

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-92159-Saudi-Arabia-may-acquire-nukes-from-Pakistan-to-counter-Iran

http://nuclear-news.net/2013/11/08/dubious-claims-about-pakistan-sending-nuclear-weapons-to-saudi-arabia/

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-O-S/Saudi-Arabia/

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/for-saudi-arabia-israel-is-turning-from-foe-to-friend-1.424278

http://rt.com/op-edge/saudi-israel-us-iran-155/

http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&geopolitics_and_9/11=saudis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Aramco

http://www.scribd.com/doc/116047293/Saudi-Arabia-and-the-1948-Palestine-War-Beyond-Official-History

http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actuarial_discussion_forum/showthread.php?t=73146

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/14/339893/ussaudipakistani-connections-in-911/

http://www.wanttoknow.info/011022saudiarabians911connections.shtml

http://larouchepac.com/node/28630

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/New_Global_Economy/Bretton_Woods_NI.html

http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/july2008/house_saud.html

http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/hellenicObservatory/CMS%20pdf/Events/2011-5th%20PhD%20Symposium/Chotzidis.pdf

 

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Generations Rising

According to Canada’s Clerk of the Privy Council in his March, 2014 report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada:

Aboriginal people are the fastest growing demographic group in Canada. Their full participation in Canada’s economy is critical to the future prosperity of the country.”

His report goes on to say that the federal government is spending $1.9 Billion CDN on First Nations grade school education as part of the plan to ensure increased participation in our current and perceived future political, social and economic climate.

This decision to allocate funding to primary education is good if First Nations dictate the curriculum but our governments desire to ensure “full participation in Canada’s economy” suggest these funds will be used to further distance aboriginal youth from their heritage. Our English government has a poor track record in their attempts to ‘educate and assimilate’ aboriginal peoples, particularly the youth who are still to this day being removed from their homes and more often than not, disappearing into the blackness of white society.

If Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity being the ‘expectation of different results while repeating the same experiment’ holds true, then I must ask what new data informs the Canadian governments’ budget decisions and its intentions? Can it be that our traditionally colonial and industrialized government has learned that you cannot eat money?

Sadly this wisdom, espoused by aboriginal peoples and fundamental to all life on earth, is absent when fully participating in Canada’s current resource extraction based economy. That $1.9 billion is NOT intended to generate stewards of nature, rather it is intended to provide labour necessary for the exploitation of nature and the repayment of that money in lives and cultures destroyed. In the 2010 federal budget it has become mandatory for aboriginal people living on reserve to enlist in the various ‘skills programs’ or they will no longer receive financial subsidies; a tactic of assimilate-or-die that is sure to endure this current government in the hearts of all First Nations.

Since this money is tax generated, its efficient use is important and a metric needs to be established against which efficiency can be judged. In most developed countries that efficiency is measured by the number of students graduating vs. the number of students funded. In Canada the public education budget is handled at the provincial level which makes summarizing Canadian public school expenditures and even total attendance difficult. 13-years ago $6120.00 of public money was spent per year, per kindergarten child (http://www.oecd.org/education/school/33850725.pdf), more as the student advanced through the system. If there were 6-million children (20% of total population) in public grades K-12 then the total budget was not less than $37 billion a decade ago; not much more now because of cuts to education budgets and an aging population.

It’s been a little more than four generations, 143-years since Poundmaker was silenced and Riel was hanged after their unsuccessful attempt to maintain aboriginal life against English encroachment into the west of this continent.  I must ask my government if their history lessons only cover the period after 2006 when Harper came to the throne because the attempts at government education and assimilation of aboriginal youth into our climate to date have been killing our First Nations since that time.

At one time there were not many aboriginal children in Canada for the same reason there were not many in the United States; English speaking people killed them in an effort to control population size. These policies have historically kept the First Nations population below 3.5% of Canada’s total population while devaluing the inherent differences of First Nations people to European people; the English policies have marginalized First Nations precisely because of those differences. It has been easy for government to do this while there are today less than one million aboriginal people registered across the country, but what happens when First Nations people again make up a greater percent of Canada’s population? How long will it take to get there?

These are two question Canada’s government is asking itself in light of substantially incomplete census numbers from recent surveys combined with federal knowledge that the 2006 census placed the median age of aboriginal youth a full 15-years younger than Canada’s non-aboriginal people. In this light, Europeans are losing their numerical advantage at an accelerating but officially unknown rate; the ramifications of this are making Canada’s essentially European government very nervous. But why so nervous about a people who have been here for thousands of years and know the land and the ways of this two-hundred and something year old European government better than anyone?

In the world today there are as many rich corporations as there are governments with the same money, which is to say that corporate dominance over government in decisions of national importance is increasing around the world. Canada’s First Nations people have agreements with the government but just like the rest of Canada’s population, they don’t fare well as corporate interests are increasingly put first. Those two tailing pond disasters at Obed Mountain and Mt. Polly poisoned about the same number of Europeans and new immigrants as they did First Nations people but to those same aboriginal people, that fact pales in comparison to the total destruction of life and the long term damage done to OUR environment by these events. It is for this simple, natural connection with life and a desire to limit corporate impact and influence on it, that Canada’s federal government is nervous of her First Nations people.

Many prophecies surrounding the fate of indigenous peoples all around the world appear to be culminating with these current generations. Some visions, passed down through six or seven generations, speak of mankind reaching a cross-roads in their path on Earth, where the European and other industrialized powers have a choice; listen to and apply indigenous peoples knowledge of and connection to the Earth or endanger the entire human race with their ongoing quests for ‘more’. These prophesy also mention a new people arising near the end of seven generations; people of all races and from all walks of life that care about the world and recognize the need for stewardship rather than conquest.

“Do not the current, federal and provincial governments share this natural tendency to protect Canada’s shores and her people?”

Would a caring government wait four days before alerting its inhabitants that their drinking water supply has been poisoned as in the Obed incident? Would a caring government hide the evidence of dangerously radioactive rain falling all across the country subsequent to the disaster at Fukashima or the sudden loss of marine life along our western shores? Would a caring government support the way Canada treats nature and indigenous people all around the world as our resource corporations strip their land?

http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=371

Registered First Nations population: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1373985023065/1373985196078#chp9_2

Problems with Census: http://census2016.info/census-recensement/2011/ref/irr-app-ann-3-eng.cfm

Metis: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100014386/1100100014387

Children’s Health: http://www.canada.com/Health/Aboriginal+children+health+below+national+averages+UNICEF/1726772/story.html

Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/pubs/aborig-autoch/2009-stats-profil-vol2/index-eng.php#figure_1

Assembly of First Nations: http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/national-chief/highlights-from-the-national-chief/bulletin-35th-annual-general-assembly

Seven Fires Prophesy: http://www.wabanaki.com/seven_fires_prophecy.htm

Seventh Generation Prophesy: http://www.indianlegend.com/mohawk/mohawk_001.htm

Harper failure: http://www.cigionline.org/blogs/john-ibbitsons-blog/how-will-harpers-majority-overcome-its-greatest-failure

 

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Vaccine Updates

15 children have died after receiving measles vaccine.

Here is a history of vaccination in Canada and a bit about the U.S.

 

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A mystery takes shape in Brazil

As the BRIC nations gain more financial and political power they have begun to undermine the mighty petrodollar and this new public attention to the workings of our economy is highlighting some of the evil associated with big oil bucks. We have learned about global mafia tactics, secret murders and all out wars perpetrated by big oil but what we don’t yet know is if the BRIC nations will take on the same tactics. I am personally enamoured with any competition to the oil dollar so long as the competition rises above the snakes’ belly of secret murders, mafia tactics and war; it is an exciting thought to have a world economy worthy of praise rather than fear.

My interest in this rising group of countries that appear to reject the coercion and pressure imposed by the United States was peaked this past week with the death of a Brazilian politician and his aids. On Wednesday August 13 of this year, Eduardo Campos the left-leaning, pro-business candidate for the presidency of Brazil died in a small plane crash just outside of Sao Paulo as the aircraft was taking off (or landing, depending on which news report you read) in bad weather. Not that small plane crashes in this part of the world are rare, but small plane crashes where the black box recorder has recorded something completely different than the flight are very rare…This is exactly what has happened in this instance and I will be looking out for further discoveries.

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Geology Sunday – Earthquake Tourism

I don’t believe that I have ever felt an earthquake, although I am told that there are many earthquakes underfoot.  Truly there are parts of North America that have a staggering number of naturally occurring earthquakes (Alaska, Yukon, California, Ontario, Yellowstone,) and man-made earthquakes (Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Dakotas, Colorado, Alberta, Saskatchewan) but I have yet to feel the earth move beneath me. This has not dampened my curiosity in all things geologic and as such, much of the web surfing I do could be called ‘earthquake tourism’.  Keeping track of seismic events and viewing the locations by commonly available satellite imaging teaches me a great deal about how our natural and man-affected world functions.

Naturally Occurring Earthquakes
When sifting through archives of seismic and geological history recorded around the world it becomes apparent that our Earths’ rocky crust is split up into sections like a broken glass ball that has been hastily glued back together. Each section of our crust (plate) has its own characteristics which differ in crustal thickness, number of volcanoes, height of mountains, depth of rifts, and amount of water that is present but the most interesting difference is the speed and direction with which the sections move. Our earths sections don’t just sit there collecting dust; they float and move about much like ice breaking up on a frozen river, motivated by the water flowing beneath. Movement of our Earths crust is motivated by a liquid mantle which wells up from hotter, denser depths and supports the individual crust sections like boats in a gently boiling kettle. Crust sections, like boats, have weight and volume which press down on the mantle creating pressure which displaces some of the fluid mantle either outwards between other crust sections or upwards as volcanic magma.

As you can imagine with all the flowing and bobbing about our plates undergo a lot of stress, most of it at the edges where they bang and rub against each other with great shuddering and quaking, some even riding up over top of neighbouring sections like bullies in a pool. Generally the bullies are bigger than their submerging victim and indeed those crustal plates with the greatest depth and mass tend to ride over thinner crust sections, pushing them back down into the hot mantle where they slowly melt, only to emerge as new, thin crust at different plate edges. However the bully does not come out of this conflict unscathed as his victim is not willingly submerged but resists with all its might, the stress rippling and breaking off sections of the bully and pushing up great hills and mountains, often causing parts of the bully behind those mountains to be pulled down towards the mantle by the victim in its death throes.

Stress is also induced at the centers of crustal plates during the continuous motions of over-riding or subducting because only one edge of the plate is moving vertically. After a number of these motions the crust weakens and ‘faults’, just like a metal coat-hanger will weaken and eventually break after only a few flexes of one end. Our North American crustal plate is a bully as it overrides the thin crusts of the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean floors but in doing so has created large ‘faults’ within the continent, most notably along the St. Lawrence River valley and down the Mississippi River valley. Although the action at both of these faults is continuous and results in ground movement (earthquakes) it is the Mississippi River valley between Indianapolis, Indiana and Memphis, Tennessee that appears to have suffered the worst and is nearing failure at the New Madrid seismic zone. Failure of a fault means just what it means for the coat-hanger; it breaks apart, often with a sudden snap.

Thin crust sections, like those found beneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have a depth of between 3,000 and 10,000 meters from surface to mantle while larger, ‘continental’ crust sections average 30,000 meters; the 60,000 meter depth beneath the Rocky Mountains or the 100,000 meter depth below the Alps or Sierra Nevada is very rare. Where I am standing atop the Alberta Basin and east of (behind) the Rocky Mountains, the crust has been measured to a depth of between 37,000 and 40,000 meters, however exact measurements are impeded by the 6,000 meters of sediment (Craton) which lies atop the crustal rock. In fact the crust which begins 6,000 meters below and extends another 38,000 meters has been pulled downwards by the Pacific plate as it is forced into the mantle far beneath and this crustal depression is known as a basin.

Man-made Earthquakes
Over the millennia, limestone, shale, gravel, coal, water, oil, gas, sand and igneous intrusions (lava flows) have been deposited along the length of North America in a valley formed between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains. Although varying in depth with distance from each mountain range, much of this deposited material sits in distinct basin formations with consistent depths of 4,000 to 7,000 meters. It is from these shallow basins that we draw our ground water, oil and natural gas and it is back into these same stones that we inject at high pressure our drilling waste, captured CO2, toxic sludge and those chemicals used in hydrocarbon recovery.

Increasingly and against all that science knows about crustal faulting and the cause of earthquakes, it is within these shallow basins that the earth is moving and being recorded as earthquakes with levels of energy approaching those occurring at the plate edges. It is possible that there exists an active and moving fault in the crust below theses basins but in the vast majority of recorded North American quakes the movement is occurring either within the basin sediment or at the convergence of sediment and crustal rock. If there are no known faults in the crust to cause the ground movement and if the movement originates ‘above’ the crustal rock then what is it that excerpts enough force on the sediments to cause a sudden shift and resulting earthquake?

If you answered with ‘ground water removal’ and ‘deep well injection of chemical waste and fracturing fluids’ then you are on the right track but don’t expect to meet up with everyone from corporate science or main-stream media along the way. It’s not that these phenomenons remain unproven or that government is unaware, it’s just that admitting to altering the Earth in ways which we cannot fully understand raises the ire of most people and threatens the businesses responsible. We don’t really know what happens when we inject fluids into the transition between sediment and bedrock but we are in possession of years of seismic data that tells us the effects are broadly felt and manifest in fractures between sediment carrying water and sediment carrying natural gas and oil. Similarly we don’t really know what the final effects of ground water removal will be but we have years of data revealing massive surface uplifting, salt intrusion, chemical contamination and local subsidence in the form of sinkholes.

Tourist Stuff
Not every earthquake occurring within a continent is man made, just like not every earthquake occurring near a known crustal fault is natural; it all depends on the depth of the quake and the material from which the quake originated. Shallow quakes centered less than 10,000 meters below the surface are generally occurring at a transition between crust and sediment or within layers of sediment and are a result of external pressures like the upwelling of magma/steam through a vent or the addition or removal of pressure from within those layers. Earthquakes centered at depths greater than 10,000 meters are generally the result of crustal plate movement and the stresses imposed.

Two sources of real-time, world wide seismic information:

USGS

EMSC

Google Maps (if you don’t have Google Earth)

I would strongly urge you to visit the locations of shallow earthquakes in Oklahoma, Alberta and other areas within continental North America using Google satellite view. As you zoom in on coordinates given by either seismic source please pay attention to ground structures, roads and the presence of drilling rigs, well sites and injection wells. Although wells and gas fields are not named they become highly visible as a patchwork of bare dirt rectangles in the middle of nowhere and connected via a spider web of roads.

Good hunting!

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Looking towards a Bright Future

Ahh, so much bad news. I know that even if ignored by me, the horrible things man does to man and his surroundings will continue.

But will they? It seems today that events around the world are rushing towards a single outcome and one that will not be good for our children but in true ‘carry on’ fashion, NASA gives us a possible future.

This VIMEO video prepared by the space agency is not only uplifting in its message but filled with spectacular images from around the world.

Truly, as a species we have a lot of evolving to do before we set foot on other worlds, else we spread our disease of violence around the galaxy, but NASA seems to think that we will have evolved by then…well, somebody has to be optomistic, don’t they?

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